My Heart bleeds, truly…

The world has ended! openssl has this terrible bug which allows an attacker to receive a pot-luck of 64k portions of the memory address space of the SSL server. Thing that are up for grabs include usernames, passwords and SSL private keys; i.e. a veritable grab-bag of things that can be obtained from the server.
You should really change your password.

Actually, don’t bother; it’s not like it actually matters in the long run. You’re probably going to change your password from bunny2 to bunny3 anyway and it’s not like that was the most likely point of escape of your password in the first place. It’s probably that toolbar that installed when you installed that video player that was needed to watch that movie; you know the one? The one with the kittens? The one that you never got to see because you got distracted.

It’s been a really bad few months for security, and while people have been pointing fingers in various directions, deploying a Nelson-style ‘Ha Ha’, the only lesson that has been found in this case is that the bible has a great thing to say about this:

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.

… and then you’re in trouble.

As for me, I’m going to wait a few weeks and then change the passwords that are in any way connected to money. It would be nice if I could get some form of toolbar that would check sites as I go to them in a database and reveal if they were subject to the bug and prompt me to change the password once they’ve been declared clear. Someone get on that; it sounds like a fun project